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you're watching beyond 100 days. donald trump called kim jong—un "rocketman", he called him honourable, and now, he's calling it all off. the american president cancels next month's summit with the north korean leader, as the diplomatic rollercoaster continues. donald trump fires off this letter to pyongyang, saying america's nuclear arsenal so powerful, he's praying to god, he doesn't have to use it. earlier, north korea claimed it had destroyed part of its nuclear test site, donald trump said pyongyang needs to go much further. we have this story covered with reaction from washington and seoul. also on the programme. the missile that downed malaysian airliner m517 belonged to a russian unit say dutch prosecutors, and was transported to ukraine from the russian city of kursk. prime minister, i think it's important that we don't have a new
cold war. and boris johnson speaks on the phone to the new armenian prime minister for 18 minutes. only, it wasn't the armenian prime minister. so who was it? get in touch with us using the hashtag #beyond100days. i am katty kay in new york, christian fraser is in london. the nobel peace prize will have to wait. thejune nuclear summit is off. the letter that president trump addressed personally to kimjung un is a curious mixture of flattery and menace. in the space ofjust a few lines, mr trump said, that some day he looks forward to meeting mr kim, an offer he reiterated in the last couple of hours. but in his letter, he also warns that america's nuclear capability is so massive, so powerful "i pray to god," he wrote, "we never have to use them". here's our north america editorjon sopel. this is cnn breaking news... for once, the breaking news strap really was worth the whoops and flashes.
the historic would—it—wouldn‘t—it happen in singapore summit had hit the buffers, as many doubters had predicted. donald trump's extraordinary letter to kim jong—un, the expression of it. in it, he wrote, "sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, i feel it is inappropriate at this time to have this long planned meeting". his letter also spoke about the power of the us nuclear arsenal, and that the meeting was kim's idea, not his. at the white house a short time ago, a sombre president trump had this to say. based on the recent statement of north korea, i've decided to terminate the planned summit in singapore on june 12. while many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, i believe that this is a tremendous setback for north korea, and indeed, a setback for the world. hopefully positive things
will be taking place, with respect to the future of north korea. but if they don't, we are more ready than we have ever been before. the legwork for it was being done by the president's secretary of state, mike pompeo. they were gasps around the world when it emerged he had travelled to pyongyang in total secrecy to meet the north korean leader. today, mr pompeo was giving evidence to the senate foreign relations committee, and sought to explain what had changed the president's mine. over the past many days, we have endeavored to do, what chairman kim and i agreed to do was to put teams together to begin work to prepare for the summit. and we have received no response to our inquiries from them. the release of the president's
letter coincided unerringly with the north koreans playing host to a group of western journalists invited to witness the destruction of their nuclear test site. but there was fury in washington when pyongyang put out a statement last night, describing vice president mike pence as "ignorant and stupid". and there seemed to be a threat. "we can also make the us taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now". at the heart of this is the demand for the denuclearization of the korean peninsula, a phrase that sounds simple but is open to vastly different interpretations. this might have been an historic summit in seeing these two leaders sit down at a table together. but as time went on, it became increasingly clear that's all it would be. great expectations have been replaced by a cold dose of reality. in a moment, we will be live in seoul with laura bicker. but first, let's cross to bbc‘s north america editor, jon sopel, who is in washington.
let's zoom out to 30,000 feet and asked,is let's zoom out to 30,000 feet and asked, is the world safer less safe because of action donald trump took today by calling office nuclear summit? i suspect the world will feel a little less safe because of it. there were micro issues, like the insults, whether there was a threat in the statement last night. but the biggest issue was denuclearization. what happened? and as time went on, it became clear that what the americans saw as being necessary and what the north koreans we re necessary and what the north koreans were ready to give for two slightly different things. it was clear the americans had a model in mind, which was libya, and unsurprisingly the north koreans were not so keen on that, given what happened to the colonel gadhafi. i think what has happened overall is that you have a president of the united states who was determined to have a summit with
kimjong—un, and was determined to have a summit with kim jong—un, and to try and do a deal face—to—face. without having thought through with the difficult policies would be, how easy would be to get movement, and what a final settlement might look like. and i think as the they became closer to june 12 when the summit would actually happen, a lot of doubters had said, those debts increased, and it became more expedient to cancel it became more expedient to cancel it and have a failed summit. we got a flavour of that on tuesday, but it is still a huge blow to the south koreans and took president moon, who has invested so much time in it. one of his advisers was telling us on tuesday that he thought he was 99% sure the go—ahead. tuesday that he thought he was 99% sure the go-ahead. he'sjust back from washington, heap that he put the singapore summit back on track, and now he has convened an emergency between his cabinet, they have come out urging the two talked directly
to each to resolve their issues. but it seems that things are way off track. way off what he hoped for, remember that he saw the potential in kimjong—un's remember that he saw the potential in kim jong—un's new year speech, the idea that kim jong—un was willing to engage with south korea, he diplomatically tried to urge north korea out from its borders into the pyeongchang winter olympics, marching together under one united flight. that continued this flurry of diplomacy between the two sides, but recently it soured. the harsh rhetoric has also been aimed at the south korea, but they have responded quietly, keeping under the radar saying it will continue to work with the north, working towards a singapore summit. but there was huge optimism here. from the north's point of view, they will say that they have made all the concessions, theyjust blew up their nuclear test site, that is in their view, a success. they headed back
three us detainees, they signed a declaration alongside president moon, restoring relations with china, but they have held onto those nuclear weapons. when john mentions theissues nuclear weapons. when john mentions the issues regarding denuclearization, they have no intentions of handing over all their weapons, and getting nuked —— economic aid somewhere else along the lines of. a north korea and south korea watcher said that the outcome of this is that north korea has one, because they keep all their nukes, they broke maximum treasure by keeping china off, and damaged us- by keeping china off, and damaged us— south korean unity. does that sound like a fair assessment of how the last couple of months have panned out? perception is reality in this town, as you well know. donald trump will be spinning this as him being tough and showing that he wasn'tjust going to go being tough and showing that he wasn't just going to go to being tough and showing that he wasn'tjust going to go to it being tough and showing that he wasn't just going to go to it for an u na cce pta ble wasn't just going to go to it for an unacceptable deal, and because north korea couldn't meet his conditions,
although we never quite understood what his conditions were, he has called off the summit from the position of strength with a bit of chest beating at the same time, talking about the power of the us nuclear arsenal. i don't think donald trump would accept that analysis, as you expect. i think the problem is it is difficult to put it back on track. donald trump clearly hoped that it would happen, he clearly invested quite a lot of political capital in a happening, but he came to the point where he thought he had to pull the plug on it. in his mind, i'm sure he thinks it. in his mind, i'm sure he thinks it will be easy to put the tracks —— but back on the tracks, but i think you'll be much more difficult than that. what we don't know is going on —— what is going on inside north korea. there has been a hardening in the rhetoric in the past two weeks, we get a statement from the vice minister, who is a rising star. do we think that kim jong—un still has total control in north korea? yes,
she is one of kim jong—un's closest aides, she is a fluent english speaker, she is fluent in american culture and politics, will very well connected. so when she speaks, she is probably speaking with chairman tim's blessing. i thought it was notable that when she did speak and a foreign ministerand notable that when she did speak and a foreign minister and —— notable that when she did speak and a foreign ministerand —— and his rhetoric atjohn bolton, it is notable that it is thatjohn bolton and mike pence, despite the fact that donald trump himself also referred to the libya model. maybe not as a way to keep the door opened to the summit, just aiming at his aides instead. if so, they have wildly miscalculated. when it comes back to the point with regards to north korea walking away with everything with this, they have stepped onto the global stage, they had announced the summit to its people, which many had not thought they would do. they have announced to people that they are willing to
do nuclear eyes, again something we thought we would never see. but they i'iow thought we would never see. but they now need to announce to the north korean people that america will not be with us. in the south, they will wa ke be with us. in the south, they will wake up in a few hours and discover that the summit is off, and with it, their hopes for peace. this is a peninsula that has been divided for nearly 70 years. everyday i will meet someone nearly 70 years. everyday i will meet someone whose nearly 70 years. everyday i will meet someone whose family or mother is still in the north. the day of the summit between kim jong—un and president of macro back to about a young girl who has defected here, she has not seen her mum since 2011. these are the kinds of daily issues that people here deal with. they had hoped, now they don't, who will they blame? hoped, now they don't, who will they blame ? that hoped, now they don't, who will they blame? that is the interesting question. thank you both very much for your thoughts. what happens to the coins now? more important, lab and semi accreditation? i spent half
and semi accreditation? i spent half an hour this morning on this very deep —— detailed accredited this accreditation form. i press return at exactly the same time that donald trump pressed return on his fax machine, or however he sends these letters to the supreme leader. all thatis letters to the supreme leader. all that is off, and all my work is for not. can ijust say little as one little small things i said my children sometimes? if not all about you. just saying. mr trump is convinced the fbi planted a spy in his 2016 campaign, to undermine it. the president has demanded an inquiry. and what the president demands, he gets. so, today, top officials from the fbi and thejustice department are sitting down with members of congress, to review highly sensitive material from the russia investigation, relating to a source, an informant. there are two meetings. the first with the republican chairs of the house intelligence and oversight committees, devin nunes and trey gowdy. which looks more than a bit partisan. and so, there will be a second meeting, with the so called gang of eight, four senior democrats,
four senior republicans. ahead of the meeting, mr trump tweeted, "clapper has now admitted that there was spying in my campaign. large dollars were paid to the spy, far beyond normal. starting to look like one of the
biggest political scandals in us history. spygate, a terrible thing!" what james clapper, former director of national intelligence, actually said was this, "they, the fbi, were spying on, a term i don't particularly like, but on what the russians were doing. trying to understand were the russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do." for more on all this, we're joined by matt schlapp, president of the american conservative union. thank you very much forjoining us. if there was a democrat running for president dumb and you thought the
russians were weighing in, trying to get them elected to the white house, you would say, good idea, the fbi should investigate this, right? no, i would do the opposite. if i was with president obama, i would go public with the fact that the russians were trying to affect our elections, i would russians were trying to affect our elections, iwould have russians were trying to affect our elections, i would have at least briefed both presidential campaigns ina fairand briefed both presidential campaigns in a fair and even manner, and i would have warmed them —— warned them that there are russian operatives being surveilled. they could include interactions with people in their orbits. instead, what president obama did was decide to not go public until the american people what was happening. he did not protect us from the prussian influence, but instead tried to ensnare team trump by spying on them, unmasking them, doing everything he could conceivably do to listen in on them. and now the politics of this have actually turned in donald trump's favour, in
a remarkable way. so you don't think it would be a good idea for intelligence services to send out feelers, have conversations with people on a campaign, to try and find out what they knew, and maybe even does say listen, if you hear anything, what is it we said after 9/11, see something say something. if you see something, tell us?|j think it's a great idea to protect the american people from the russian government or any government who wants to influence our elections. the problem with the way obama did it is it look like with a racks are trying to do was listen in on team trump conversations. the fbi reports to the president donna and i believe that president obama knew the full extent of what was going on, from the full unmasking of conversations by people in his foreign—policy positions and administration. i think he was aware of what the fbi
was doing, and i think it would have been much better if he had simply brought the campaigns in and briefed them, saying we will be surveilling russians, and it could interact with yourcampaign, we want russians, and it could interact with your campaign, we want to be aware with that. instead they wanted to trap donald trump and his campaign. it looks political, and it's one of the reasons why the american people are starting to have improved feelings about donald trump and his presidency, because they feel like this is all unfair and political. i'm probably not being very smart here, but i want to take you back to that point. if the fbi had been investigated and found that there was a russian link, and president obama was privy to that intelligence, how better to undermine the truck campaign and say hey, they're dealing with the russians, why wouldn't you just lick it? leak it? they leaked a lot of things during that campaign... we talk about russian influence in a campaign overand over talk about russian influence in a campaign over and over again. just the guys get it, this is how people
who support donald view this whole escapade over the last two years with russia. they believe it's very clear that hillary clinton committed crimes on and that barack obama's and ministration did everything they could, including jim and ministration did everything they could, includingjim comey, to and ministration did everything they could, including jim comey, to try to not hold her accountable to her wrongdoing, and they're doing just the opposite with donald trump. there is no collusion with russia, no significant wrongdoing on behalf of the operatives in team trump and a strong campaign, yet they are trying to hold them accountable to everything. and what it really comes down to in this country is this. did he collude with russia to try and win the presidential election? if he did that, there would be hell to pay politically, but there is no proof he did that, get what they're doing is running down all these rabbit trails to find other wrongdoing, including sexual impropriety. worldly one thing, maybe americans are changing, they don't give a dang. which is very different from the 1990s. vester, i agree with you.
is right, the polls suggest people are getting tired of how long it is running, and the different directions it's going. and we talked about that yesterday on the programme, one thing we should pick up programme, one thing we should pick up on what matt said is there is no evidence yet that there was any form of collusion because, and i'm not suggesting that there will be evidence, but only because robert miller has not given his report yet. whilst this investigation is going on, we simply don't know... quickly, wyatt is there notjust one bipartisan meeting, where there two meetings? initially the democrats we re meetings? initially the democrats were not invited, there was only going to be that republicans there, and then there were protests, saying the democrats want to be invited. so you have these two separate meetings. we're just hearing that the top republicans may not now go to that second meeting, but the whole issue is so intensely
partisan, as matt was saying, there are two different ways of looking at this, what the fbi did with trump was justified, or you think it wasn't, and this is all a witchhunt, though i am starting to prefer spy gate. i'm looking forward to the sequel. the missile that downed flight mh17 over ukraine in 2014 came from the russian military. the team investigating the attack even say they have pinned the weapon to a specific brigade of the russian armed forces. investigators haven't gone so far as to say who fired the weapon, but we know it came from rebel—held territory in ukraine. all 298 passengers and crew onboard the plane were killed when the boeing 777 broke apart in mid—airflying from amsterdam to kuala lumpur. russia has always maintained none of its weapons were used in the attack. let's speak to jordan withers whose uncle glen thomas was on board flight mh17. tell us about your uncle, and why
was he on the flight?|j tell us about your uncle, and why was he on the flight? i lived with him in geneva, when i was working over there with him at the world health organisation. he was on his way over to australia for a co nfe re nce way over to australia for a conference with the world health organisation, when obviously the unfortunate happened, mh17 was down. he was such an important person in my life. not having children himself, he do it on myself and my sister, and he was an amazing inspiration, and there isn't a day go by inspiration, and there isn't a day goby" inspiration, and there isn't a day go by —— because by that i don't think about him. and not a day goes by when you don't want the answers. today we learned for the first time that the russian military was complicit in the downing of this plane. at the very least by providing the missile. does that help in any way? this information was the most significant we have had since 2016, which was that it was a missile that downed flight mh17. so
it helps that we now —— closer to knowing who, but what now needs to follow isjustice for knowing who, but what now needs to follow is justice for those involved, both directly and indirectly. would you like the investigators to go that step further and say that this came from a russian source, notjust a russian missile, and what more would you like them to push for now that would help you? i'm sure every family memberof help you? i'm sure every family member of somebody who was lost in mh17 is looking for closure. and i don't know what closure is, but if i know everything about what happened, who pushed the button and we get answers, we know exactly who is involved, then that can only help us ina involved, then that can only help us in a cause forjustice. we just need full cooperation from everyone involved, including russia, and we
obviously need to get this justice as soon as obviously need to get this justice as soon as possible and closure for us. as soon as possible and closure for us. because as i mentioned, watching the conference and seeing the casing of the missile really brings back real strong emotions, and thoughts about whether my uncle was in payment went up —— in pain when the plane went down. it's really difficult. thank you so much for joining us, for speaking to us about your uncle, and the state of this investigation. an investigation's been launched into how a "hoax" russian prank caller was able to get through to the british foreign secretary, borisjohnson. the caller was pretending to be the new prime minister of armenia. the uk government believes the kremlin was behind the call. during the conversation, it's understood mrjohnson talked about relations with russia and the nerve agent attack in salisbury. let's have a listen. you know i have a meeting with
president putin in sochi? i need to be prepared. i hope you will not poison me. well it's very important, i think, prime minister, that we don't have a new cold war. question, i have a surprise for you. they are catty‘s fun facts on prank calls, back by popular demand. here we go, a history of prank calls made to political leaders, boris johnson is not the only one. in 2008, sarah palin, just days before the election, was called by nicholas are cosy, except it was not nicholas are cosy. in 1998, tony blair was called by the conservative leader back then, william hague, except it was
not william hague, but the best one of all, i bet you'd are member this, the 1995, her majesty the queen was called up by the canadian prime minister, except it wasn't, and they spoke on the phone to the prank caller for spoke on the phone to the prank callerfor1li spoke on the phone to the prank caller for 1h whole minutes. spoke on the phone to the prank callerfor1li whole minutes. but wait a callerfor1li whole minutes. but waita minute, callerfor1li whole minutes. but wait a minute, i have callerfor1li whole minutes. but waita minute, i have a callerfor1li whole minutes. but wait a minute, i have a bonus fun fa ct wait a minute, i have a bonus fun fact for you! i know you will love this one. the first ever prank call in history, christian fraser, was made when was my finger on the button, come on, give me a number. 18005? button, come on, give me a number. 1800s? know, too late. the phone wasn't invented until later. 1884, only after the first phone call, some undertakers from rhode island we re some undertakers from rhode island were summoned over the phone to bring freezers and coffins for corpses that didn't actually exist. amazing, eight years after the first telephone call! people were already
the country day, many northern areas, scotland, northern england, saw unbroken sunshine and places. further south more cloud brand, the magid feeling with more rain. the weather front responsible for the weather front responsible for the weather across the south will continue to move north but slowly this evening and overnight. we could see some heavy thundery doubtful —— downpour in some places. further north, dry with clear skies. as we head into friday, we still have this weather front straddling central parts of the country, so we will be a cloudy start a friday, much of england and wales, outbreaks of heavy rain to the midlands, part of wales and northern and eastern england. you can see where the heaviest downpours will be during
the course of friday morning. further south, something dryer, starting to see sunshine appearing as the morning wears on. far north of england, scotland and northern ireland, a nice dry start here with sunshine away from the coasts, which will start rather grey and misty. but the cloud across the eastern areas should burn back to the coast as the day moves on, much of scotla nd as the day moves on, much of scotland and northern ireland should stay dry, lots of sunshine across the state, pretty wet through parts of northern england. across the southeast, the sunshine comes out in the afternoon, temperatures rise to a muggy— 22—24dc. on the friday, it stays pretty damp through central portions of the country, as we head into saturday morning, we will start to see another thundery plume moving through, bringing showers to the southwest of england towards wales. it'll be a lovely afternoon, lots of sunshine, that warm or cool,
24-25dc. sunshine, that warm or cool, 24—25dc. some pretty intense showers and thunderstorms but the mic across wales, and will feel warm and muggy, temperatures taking up to the upper 20s celsius, whereas further north and east, it will be dry, lots of sunshine. bank holiday weekend will have 20 of sunshine with storms in the south. this is beyond one hundred days, with me katty kay in new york — christian fraser's in london. our top stories — president trump calls off next month's summit with the north korean leader — hours after pyongyang said it had destroyed its main nuclear test site. unravelling the mystery of flight mh17 — investigators say it was downed over ukraine by a missile fired by a unit based in russia. coming up in the next half hour: we profile italy's next prime minister who's now forming a government — but what it is about guiseppe conte that's spooking financial markets. let us know your thoughts by using the hashtag...
‘beyond—one—hundred—days‘. the rhetoric coming from north korea has changed in recent weeks. they made a number of concessions to try secure these talks in singapore. three us prisoners were returned, pyongyang dropped its usual demand for us troops to leave the peninsular. and twice kim hosted the american secretary of state mike pompeo. but this past week the tone has shifted. donald trump says it changed after kim's recent meeting with the chinese president, xi xinping. the north koreans seemed distinctly irritated by threats coming from senior figures in the administration. the latest from vice president mike pence, who warned that north korea would go the same way as libya unless they agreed to talks. and speaking today president trump reiterated that — if needed — the us is ready for military action. an all matters. and our military,
which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world, that has been greatly enhanced recently, all know. it's ready, if necessary... let's speak now to nicholas burns. he is a former us diplomat and is now a professor at the harvard kennedy school. i don't think i've given you your full title. you are in the us ambassador to nato, so you should know what we should say about these things. i would like to ask the question i asked tojohn sopel. are we, in the world, less safe or more safe because donald trump has called off this summit? probably a little bit less. but i don't think we are off the diplomatic track. this is pa rt off the diplomatic track. this is part of the negotiations. the main culprit is north korea. they are not
ready to dismantle their nuclear programme. they reiterated it to south korea. they have been backing away from that. two very tough, tendentious statements from north korea, yesterday threatening nuclear war with south korea and the us. trump is probably right back off. his administration is also confused about what they want. lots of different statements from his administration about what their goals were for the singapore summit. maybe it is best to take respite and see if they can get these negotiations back on track. you say we are not off the diplomatic track. everybody hopes that is the case, even though the president has said the military option is still on the table. but if you are sitting in pyongyang or tehran, aren't you looking at this back and forth from the administration and thinking, we don't really trust what they say they are going to deliver. again, i think lack of clarity in washington,
among donald trump, mike pence, the vice president, at the national security adviser, they said very different things about what the united states intended to get at thisjune 12 united states intended to get at this june 12 summit united states intended to get at thisjune 12 summit in singapore. there is confusion in north korea. frankly, many of us, myself included, never really believed kim jong—un would dismantle his nuclear apparatus this summer. we always assumed this would be years of negotiation. the question is, will donald trump have the patience to stay at the table, or at least try to get back to the table at sometime this summer or autumn. china will be a key factor in this. whether china will push north korea or distance north korea from a close embrace with us, or close negotiation with the us. far be it from me to be a conspiracy theorist, just coming back to your earlier point about john bolton and mike pence kept
talking about the libya model, don't mention the l worse, but they keep doing it, given the enthusiasm trump showed for the face—to—face summit, and the fact that others didn't want it, did they try and stop it subtly? i suspectjohn it, did they try and stop it subtly? i suspect john bolton it, did they try and stop it subtly? i suspectjohn bolton has never want to see —— wanted to see this take place. the libya model was the fall of the gaddafi government, and his death. what message do that send? you can imagine how they would be confused. but this is a slippery government in pyongyang. they don't wa nt to government in pyongyang. they don't want to give up their nuclear weapons. in retrospect as many of us suspected, it was probably a mistake to start at the highest level. i think mike pompeo, the secretary of state, is probably best placed to work with the south koreans, the japanese, the north koreans, and the
chinese, to put together some sort of diplomatic process and that we don't go back to where the situation was in 2017, a war of words and heightened marshall rhetoric between our country and north korea. when you were at nato, sending off your letters to other ambassadors, did you send a letter like this? not quite like the one donald trump wrote today. in situations like this diplomacy sometimes works best when you say little in public, when the most sensitive communications are in private. you're not trying to embarrass the other side, you are trying to get them to the table and negotiate. our secretary of state is probably now best to step in and ta ke probably now best to step in and take the lead from the us. i hope he does so. there are no good military options for the us. we will defend ourselves and japan and south korea if attacked. but attacking north
korea? that's if attacked. but attacking north korea ? that's potentially catastrophic. it always made sense to have a diplomatic negotiation. but we are dealing with a tough and unpredictable regime in pyongyang. this will require patience. and a determined, strategic plan by the united states. thanks very much for joining us. what nick said about if you are a good diplomat you don't say much in public. i'm sure you found this in the course of your journalistic career. that's why diplomat are not very good when they are in office, on television, or interviewees, because they will never go on the record. he has redefined the diplomatic letter today. quite an extraordinary letter. call me sometime is the waiting is finished. what struck me is how quickly things happened, though the stock he went on fox and friends today and offered an olive branch to the north koreans. he talked about phases of demilitarisation. not
demilitarisation. not demilitarisation first and sanctions later. there was an attempt to get the north koreans to the table. what happened in the interim between the interview he gave this morning and the letter he issued some hours later, i don't know. and what happened with the chinese? that's an interesting point. let's move on. . . italy — the eurozone's third largest economy — has a new ‘populist‘ government which is rattling financial markets. giuseppe conte, a 53—year—old law professor from the university of florence, who has never been involved in politics before, is the new prime minister. professor conte wil lead a coalition government of the alt—left five star movement and the hard—right lega which actually have much in common. both parties are outspoken on the eu — they are also much softer in their attitude to moscow — both want to deport illegal migrants, and both oppose austerity. so what chances of success? our rome correspondent james reynolds has been taking a look. guiseppe conte begins the first
com plete guiseppe conte begins the first complete lack date of his career. italy's prime minister designate, a law professor who has never held political office before must now put together a cabinet. after his meeting with the president on wednesday, guiseppe conte stressed his credentials for the job. translation: i'm ready to defend the interests of italians in europe and internationally, maintaining dialogue with the european institutions and representatives of other countries. i want to be the lawyer who will defend the italian people. but guiseppe conte won't even be the most powerful member of his own administration. the two party leaders who suggested him as prime minister can expect to take their own seat in his cabinet. luigi de meyer made to the ministry which allows him to implement his main campaign promise, an allowance for italy's job—seekers. campaign promise, an allowance for italy'sjob—seekers. and
campaign promise, an allowance for italy's job—seekers. and the leader of lega wants to take charge of a new tougher migration policy. he is likely to be his own boss. the full government line—up may be ready in the next few days. let's talk to alan friedman author of ‘ten things to know on the italian economy, before it's too late'. and i understand mr friedman that in that book, you predicted the worst outcome for italy, would be a government that looks something like this? u nfortu nately i unfortunately i think italy's economy is at risk. i am concerned about the broader implications for the eurozone. because this is a group of populists, including the ha rd group of populists, including the hard right populists, but notjust anti—immigrants, and at times racist on the slovenian side, but have promised to do things which would blow italy's budget to sky—high. for example, they are talking about a flat tax of 15 to 20% which would
create an immediate loss of 50 billion euros per year. money that isn't there. by cutting taxes and eliminating others. they are talking about thundering pension reform which has saved the pension system of italy, which would cost 200 billion euros in the next ten years. the kind of thing is normally considered irresponsible but dangerous. and they are taking power. right now this evening there isa power. right now this evening there is a fight between the winners of the collection, the president of the republic, about naming an anti—european finance minister. —— the winners of the election and the president of the republic. i've been speaking to financial officials in washington who are very concerned and have been having a crisis meetings over the past couple of days about the italian economy. you have to consider the italian people only voted for this curious coalition of far left and far right because they were so fed up with the
existing modern and they didn't think that worked. a bit like here in america with donald trump they we re in america with donald trump they were desperate to try anything else, something else, to change the status quo. that's right. two points. first, this is very much like trump. where these demagogues, because these are democratic leaders, —— these are democratic leaders, —— these are democratic leaders, —— these are demagogic leaders. they are working for the poor, the disenfranchised, the ones who were considered victims of globalisation. notjust considered victims of globalisation. not just those without jobs, considered victims of globalisation. notjust those withoutjobs, but anybody with an antiestablishment view. the problem is that they are making problems which will destroy italy's economy. italy has a 2.3 trillion euro debt. that debt level is costing italy already 60, 70
billion euros per year of interest payments. as interest rates rise, italy could be in real trouble. the market are already voting against this government. butjust like trump, the difference between trump is that here there is more than 51% of the vote that went to these populists, whereas in america it was about 40, 40 5%. here there is a clear majority of italians voting antiestablishment, anti—elite. —— 40, 45%. italy could be in a difficult position, simply because if they violate all of the european rules, if they drive a hole through their budget with italy's debt burden, that will bring on ways of speculation which could be a repeat of the euro crisis of 2011. and could contaminate other countries in europe. the imf is right to be worried. the best hope we have for italy is that these politicians, if they get into power, don't do the
things they promised to do. but instead adopt a more moderate and pragmatic tone. that's the best hope, that they don't do what they promised. thanks very much indeed for your thoughts. we can take a look at the daily‘s other news. —— the day's other news. a french couple have been convicted in london of murdering their live—in nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in the back garden. the court heard the couple had held 21—year—old sophie lionnet prisoner for months before killing her at their home last september. they will be sentenced next month. seven people are missing and hundreds of others been forced to leave their homes after a powerful cyclone hit the yemeni island chain of socotra. the cyclone hit the area on wednesday night and caused severe flooding and damage to houses. some residents carrying children tried to escape through the flooded streets. yemen has declared a state of emergency. shares in some of asia's biggest car companies have fallen after washington announced it was considering possible tariffs on car imports. the trump administration has launched an investigation into whether imports of foreign cars and trucks pose a threat to national security by eroding jobs.
the probe could provide a legal basis for imposing tariffs; reportedly of up to 25%. this is beyond one hundred days. still to come — a new data protection law comes into force tomorrow in the uk and europe — and it could spell the end to a lot of emails that may be clogging up your inbox. ‘secretly, we'rejust like you" — the message of a recruitment campaign by britain's secret service which wants to attract new people to the organisation. mi6 says it needs more women and minorities among its ranks. gordon corera reports. we are intelligence officers. but we don't do what you think. the opening is straight out of a james bond film. it's picking up on the silent cues that matter, understanding others, helping them...
but the aim of this tv ad is to subvert the stereotypes around m16 and persuade those who haven't thought of applying to be a spy to think again. secretly, we're just like you. the real—life spies here at mi6 have always had a complicated relationship with their fictional portrayal. the image ofjames bond — the ruthless super spy with a licence to kill, going round saving the world — may have done wonders for their reputation on the one hand, but on the other it doesn't really reflect the work that goes on here at mi6. and the concern is it may have put some people off applying to join. the targets of the new ad are women and ethnic minorities, who have been underrepresented here. ensuring diversity, officials say, is a way of drawing on the widest possible pool of talent. i think for women, when they grow up, all the sort of popular images that there are of spies are either male, or they're women who are — to put it bluntly — often using their sort of sexuality as part of theirjob. officials also say since the attack
in salisbury, when a russian who spied for mi6 was targeted, there has been a surge of interest from highly motivated individuals. intelligence officers say their priority is making sure those who do apply now come from the widest background possible. the best seats in the house. gordon corera, bbc news. you're watching beyond one hundred days... now, for viewers who live in the uk and europe, your inbox has probably been clogged up in recent days with emails from companies about your personal data, and their privacy policies. it's all connected to a new data protection law that comes into force across the eu tomorrow. the law — called general data protection regulation or gdpr — has been causing confusion, bemusement and exasperation among twitter users.
our media editor amol rajan looks at what's happening, why it matters — and what it says about our changing times. and in the past week millions of us have been inundated with e—mails seeking consent to our data to be retained and used. how clear are you about what gdpr is? i'm not at all. gdpr? what is that? i've no idea. what is gdpr? gdpr gives users much more control over their data. they can opt out of profiling. they can challenge automated decisions about issues such as whether or not they should be offered a loan. beyond that consumers can demand free access to data about them held by a company within a month. for many
businesses, including small ones like this, complying with gdpr is owner is. all firms must appoint a data protection officer. seek consent. and allow customers to seek and correct records. many think their mailing list are now redundant. you get bombarded with e—mails. i'm exactly the same. i can quite easily see that mailing list sinking down. we spend got to build it back up again. one leading lawyer says some of the e—mail sent in the last week were not needed. a lot of individuals are being bombarded by these e—mails. are they necessary? in many cases, no. there is a rule if you are sending unsolicited marketing to an individual by text or e—mail you need permission. marketing to an individual by text or e—mailyou need permission. but many individuals would have already
given consent. and businesses can rely on something called the soft t rely on something called the soft opt in, which means they can continue to send marketing messages to existing customers, providing they give them the opportunity to they give them the opportunity to opt out. economic history is complex. but it displays clear patterns. the agrarian economy was based on land. and the cultivation of crops. the industrial revolution created an economy driven by manufacturing. that was followed by the growth of services and the knowledge economy, which places a premium on information. capital todayis premium on information. capital today is shifting towards a new type of economy. one of which the most precious resource isn't something we can touch, smell or here. this is the data economy. the most powerful companies in the world today are those who hold unimaginable quantities of data. these companies area quantities of data. these companies are a new type of giant, powered by algorithms allowing them to monetise information about all of us. demand
for this caused many crashes today. the european —— this is the european attempt to take back our control. it has been my most favourite thing this month, gdpr. my favourite one of the day, this is on twitter, this is andrew brooks... that's good. we had the royal wedding this month about your favourite thing is gdpr. chuckles you need to get a life. it started as a one—man protest against police brutality
when us football star colin kaepernick knelt down on the pitch during the national anthem. the gesture to ‘take a knee' was then picked up by dozens more players and the protest attracted the ire of president trump who accused them of disrespect. after months of discussions the national football league has issued a new rule: players won't be allowed to kneel down — but they can remain in the locker rooms during the anthem. clubs will be fined if one of their team members goes against the nfl decision. president trump welcomed the new rule and said that protesters ‘maybe shouldn't be in the country'. i think it is good. i don't think people should be staying in locker rooms, but i think it's good, you should stand proudly for the national anthem. otherwise you shouldn't be there, you shouldn't be playing perhaps you should begin the country. you should stand and be proud when the national anthem is playing. let's talk more about the nfl decision with former player ben utecht who won a super bowl with the indianapolis colts.
thanks very much forjoining us. what do you make of this decision?” don't understand why i didn't get an invitation to the wedding and sorry about that. neither did we, we were just outside watching. as a singer, too, i thought i might get an invitation to perform. obviously this is a sensitive issue. i would like to start by saying that all players are unified in coming together on social justice players are unified in coming together on socialjustice issues. especially the one with colin cabinet. there really hasn't been a platform for players to express themselves. we began to see that occur in the way that it had occurred. i come
from a unique perspective, especially as a singer, because i've done a lot of singing of the national anthem. in fact, done a lot of singing of the nationalanthem. infact, my first entrance into the nfl was as a singer ina entrance into the nfl was as a singer in a preseason nfl game singing the anthem before i ever even took a snap in the nfl. i take a very objective approach to what the flag means to me. and i think what has happened in our culture is that the sea of objectivism, truth and reality being what you want it to be, has had a view on how we view certain forms of political symbolism. i think that has been played out here. he isn't saying stay in the locker room, he is saying, you do not have a right to begin the country. that's how i took it. if you are talking about trump, i disagree with how far he took that statement. the new york times just
put out an article recently that talked about how... just look at the past year, there were a number of conservatives fired from various companies like google for taking political positions on certain issues. this is an nfl issue occurs it is an anthem, but it's also happening in other companies. the reason, i believe, is because they set a standard for how their business is and how it should be run, it is run objectively as a business. in the nfl, even if you don't like it, it has the right to don't like it, it has the right to do that. so when you look at their policy they are not saying the players cannot come out on the field and kneel, they are saying you have and kneel, they are saying you have a right as an american to do that but there will be consequences, as an organisation would. what happened is that you get impassioned people who will respond to this.”
is that you get impassioned people who will respond to this. i wish we could talk more. we're nearly at the end of the programme. good to get your thoughts, and i will get you an invitation to the next wedding. thanks very much! chuckles for somebody‘s wedding. trump will call that a win, won't you? definitely, although some nfl owners are now saying that they will pick up are now saying that they will pick up the fine, they will not pass them along to the players. there will be some fallout from that. we saw a north—south divide across the country today. many northern areas scotland, northern ireland, and northern england seeing the best of the sunshine. unbroken sunshine in places. further south more cloudy and monkey —— further south it was more cloudy and monkey like this picture from hastings, east sussex suggests. ——
cloudy and muggy. clear skies and cooler further north overnight. heading into friday, this weather front is straddling central parts of the country. a cloudy start friday for much of england and wales. outbreaks of heavy rain throughout the midlands, parts of wales, and northern and eastern england. you can see where the heaviest will be through the course friday morning. further south, things will be drier with sunshine appearing. for scotland and northern england a nice dry start and sunny spells away from coasts which will start misty. the cloud should burn away back to the coast as the day wears on. for much of scotland and northern ireland, dry, lots of sunshine, and things will be wet
over central parts of the uk. across the far south—east, as temperatures rise, it'll be muggy and there could be home—grown heavy showers or thunderstorms. on into friday night, it stays damp through central portions of the country. on saturday morning we will see more thunder moving in from the near continent, bringing heavy showers for the south—west of england and wales. the start of the bank on it are weakened, a lovely afternoon. sunshine and a lot warmer, up to 25 celsius. something severe in the south, pretty intense showers and thunderstorms across southern and south—west parts of england and wales. it'll feel warm and muggy. temperatures potentially up into the upper 20s celsius. further north and east, a dry story with lots of sunshine. plenty of sunshine for the bank holiday weekend, but warm and muqqy bank holiday weekend, but warm and muggy and storms in the south. this is bbc news. the headlines at eight. president trump cancels
the much anticipated summit with kimjong—un, blaming north korean anger and open hostility. hopefully, positive things will be taking place with respect to the future of north korea. but if they don't, we are more ready than we have ever been before. two men get life in prison for murdering four children by petrol bombing their home in greater manchester raise taxes, or the nhs will face a decade of misery. that's the message to the government, in a major report on the health service. an army sergeant is convicted of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute. it's very important i think, that we don't have a